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Dance of the African Diaspora

Curated by John Perpener

An Introduction By

John Perpener

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar founded Urban Bush Women as a performance ensemble dedicated to using cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.

Donald McKayle

The recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, Donald McKayle has created modern dance classics performed around the world.

Asadata Dafora

Born in Sierra Leone in 1890, Asadata Dafora became known in this country as the first to present authentic African music and dance in a theatrical setting.

Pearl Primus

A dancer, choreographer, and proselytizer for African dance, Pearl Primus (1919-1994) trained at the New Dance Group and worked with Asadata Dafora.

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